Eat, Sleep, Beach, Repeat

Where to Eat, Sleep, and Beach in Beautiful Mendocino

If you’re looking for one of those ultra-relaxing getaways where you can sit back and soak in some nature and nurture, head to Mendocino and enjoy the following itinerary:

Stay at the Stanford Inn by the Sea for an immersion into all things natural and nurturing. This tucked-away hilltop resort is rustic artistry. Beautifully appointed rooms have wood-burning fireplaces and large balconies overlooking the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy an oasis of garden walks, an expansive and earthy lobby filled with captivating books and hand-crafted gifts, and Massage in the Forest. The breakfasts—included with the stay—are creative and delicious. Nearby, you can hop into the ever-steady redwood outrigger canoes from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles too (arrange it through the Inn), and paddle up Big River.

Or, head to Big River Beach in Mendocino Headlands State Park and spend an afternoon relaxing where Big River meets the bigger sea! The beach is on the south side of Mendocino and accessed directly from Highway 1. Set yourself closer to the river’s side or make your way over to the beach side. It’s a sublime and tranquil beach and a diverse coastal habitat for a range of wildlife. Stroll the sand, wade into the shallower waters by the estuary.

Later, dine in town at Mendocino or back at the Stanford Inn. The Inn is famous for its true sustainability in all things, including food. Their certified organic gardens helped to inspire their famous plant-based menu at Ravens Restaurant. In town, we like Patterson’s Pub for its cozy outdoor patio and super friendly service, as well as their tasty Angus burgers and beer-battered fish and chips. There are 26 beers on tap and almost as many sports options to watch at their bar! Also worth a visit, Luna Trattoria (make a reservation). The backyard patio garden is a haven of twinkling lights, table nooks, and magical whimsy. The food is authentic Italian. When in Mendocino!

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